Undoing Misogyny

Josephine Livingstone of The New Republic and author Kate Manne discuss misogyny on the governmentality podcast.
By Allen McDuffee
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The case of Harvey Weinstein and his sexual abuse of women and general misogyny opened the floodgates for the similar revelations in media, entertainment and politics that continue to fill the daily news. And while the reckoning of workplace harassment and assault is certainly a welcome development, there are still some larger political, social and cultural questions that remain unanswered.

On this episode, I talk to Josephine Livingstone, staff culture writer at The New Republic about a path forward for feminism since the Weinstein investigation and the #MeToo movement. And, in the book chat, I’ll speak with Cornell University philosophy professor Kate Manne about her new book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.

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Josephine Livingstone is staff culture writer at The New Republic. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University in English in 2015 after completing her dissertation about race and maps and landscape in medieval European culture. Follow her on Twitter: @Jo_Livingstone.

Kate Manne is assistant professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University and the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy at MIT from 2006 to 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @kate_manne.

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Big thanks to Bert Odom-Reed and Glen Palmer at the Cornell University Media Relations Office for making the interview possible.

The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

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